Otsego County Man Accused of Child Exploitation & Animal Abuse
An Otsego County man is accused of promoting child pornography.
New York State Police say they arrested 56-year-old Francesco Carotenuto of Schenevus after finding him in possession of images of child exploitation.
New York State Police say Carotenuto is charged with (Class D) felony Promoting a Sexual Performance by a Child and Possessing a Sexual Performance by a Child.
Investigators say they found images consistent with child sexual exploitation via the internet.
Authorities say while they were at the man’s property in the Town of Maryland they found what they say were other violations, but involving animals.
Troopers say they found seven adult dogs on Carotenuto’s property that lacked adequate food, water or shelter.
The dogs were turned over to the care of the Otsego County Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals.
The discovery of the dogs has resulted in Carotenuto also being charged with New York Agriculture and Market Law of Overdriving, Torturing and Injuring Animals. That count is a misdemeanor.
The officers had responded to Carotenuto’s home on September 8. There was no information given as to what prompted the start of the investigation.
According to the news release from the New York State Police, Carotenuto was arraigned at Otsego County Central Arraignment and Processing. He was sent to the Otseto County Jail. Bail was set at $20,000 cash or $100,000 bond. The authorities say the Schenevus man’s case was being handled in the Town of Maryland Court.
Anyone who suspects incidents of child exploitation or who witnesses incidents of animal cruelty are encouraged to contact local law enforcement officials.